Bringing the kids to see Santa in Lapland is a once in a life time opportunity, you only get one chance! Check out my definitive guide to booking Lapland holidays, and make sure you get it right!
Without a shadow of a doubt, Lapland was one of the best family experiences we had. We went for two nights, three years ago and it is still the most talked about trip in our house. Every Christmas the photos come out, our video is watched over and over and the kids are constantly reminding their friends how they met the ‘REAL’ Santa. People often remark on the cost and yes, I know it is expensive, but when I say you will have lifetime memories, I really mean it. It may cost the same as a week in the sun but ask yourself, which holiday will you remember more? I am sure my children will pass on their memories to their own children, it’s not something that will be forgotten about in a few years time. Of course seeing Santa is the highlight and the reason you book it in the first place, but the winter wonderland experience is incredible too. Snowmobiling into snowy forests, husky and reindeer rides, all add to the experience. Check out my short video of our trip and you will see what I mean…
There are different Lapland holidays for different tastes. Some people may be short on annual leave and want to keep the cost down, while others may decide to blow the budget and stay for five days. I have teamed up with VisitSanta.ie, the Lapland specialists, who offer a wide selection of Lapland trips to suit all tastes and budgets. What’s great about VisitSanta.ie is that they will do all the research for you. Whether you like Sunway, Canterbury Travel or Falcon packages, VisitSanta will offer you independent advice and recommend the right package to suit your requirements. And the best part, they provide this service for free. In fact VisitSanta.ie sell so many Lapland packages, they may even be able to source a better price for you! Here are some of their offerings available for this year, but if you are planning on next year, talk to their dedicated sales staff about the possibility of pre booking for 2018.
VisitSanta.ie offer two different day trips, Enchanting Lapland and Santa’s Secret Grotto, which are ideal if you are short of time and or have a limited budget. Enchanting Lapland offers a sleigh transfer from the airport and a visit to a snow igloo, while Santa’s Secret Grotto will bring you to Elf School in Santa Park. Both are action packed with a choice of snowmobile, husky and reindeer rides, with lunch and thermal clothing included.
Dates currently available are 9th, 16th and 17th December from Dublin airport. Prices vary from €660 per adult and €589 per child.
2 Day Trip – Santa’s Sleepover
Overnight in Santa’s hometown and experience snowmobile, husky and reindeer rides. You will also have time to enjoy time at Santa’s village in the Arctic Circle, where you can visit Santa’s official Post Office. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included as well as thermal clothing. This trip also gives you some free time in the evening to enjoy the winter wonderland.
Dates currently available are the 1st & 2nd of December from Dublin, 8th of December from Shannon, 8th & 15th of December from Cork, 12th of December from Knock and 13th of December from Kerry. Prices from €899 per adult and €799 per child.
3 Day Trip – Idyllic Lapland
This gives you the opportunity to really immerse yourself into the winter wonderland of Lapland. Although still action packed, each activity is allocated a longer duration. You will have a full 90 minute husky and reindeer experience, deep in the snowy forest as you ‘search’ for Santa. This really is a different experience to the shorter trips because the search for Santa feels real and you don’t actually find him until the third day. Can you imagine the excitement? There are also extra snowmobile rides with dedicated children’s snowmobiles. Enjoy tabogganing, meet the Elves at home and visit Santa’s post office. Thermal clothing and all meals are included, including a Festive Gala dinner.
Dates currently available are the 3rd and 11th of December from Dublin. Prices from €1440 per adult and €1340 per child.
4 Day Trip -Lapland Lullaby
This trip offers a similar experience to the 3 day Idyllic Lapland trip, but with a little more free time to enjoy your surroundings. Enjoy the 90 minute husky and reindeer experience as you search for Santa and meet the elves and visit Santa’s post office. On this trip you will have extra time to build a giant snowman, go tabogganing or even try skiing!
Dates currently available are 5th, 8th and 13th December from Dublin. Prices from €1,490 per adult and €1,390 per child.
5 Day Trip – Festive Frolicking
Experience magical Lapland with this four night adventure. Go deep into the arctic wilderness as you search for Santa and enjoy some husky and reindeer rides, tabogganing and a snowmobile safari, along the away. Visit Santa’s workshop and go to Elf school, where you can decorate your own gingerbread man to bring home. Help the elves in the toy factory and in the post office before having a private meeting with Santa. The following day you will visit the Snow Village which includes a Snow Hotel, an Ice Restaurant. Chapel and an Ice Bar. Unlike most Lapland trips, this gives you lots of free time to explore the surrounding area or try some skiing.
Date currently available is the 14th of December only. Prices from €1429 per adult and €1179 per child.
So there you have it, the definitive guide to booking Lapland holidays, the only question is which one to choose?
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by VisitSanta.ie but all views, as always, are my own.